Scott Sinclair from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) writes in Behind the Numbers, about the weakness of the labour rights provisions in the USA-Mexico-Canada
We are in an interregnum. The old regime of international economic agreements is dying. We are surrounded by morbid symptoms of its demise. The new is yet to be born.
Trade unions from New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region are actively joining the call for real alternatives to the one-dimensional model of free trade and investment agreements that has dominated the past three decades.
The TPP-11 [Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership] is likely to have a range of impacts on workers, from limiting labour regulations and cutting the numbers of public employees to enabling increased outsourcing within and beyond borders.